1954, born in Rome, Italy.
Renato Grome's work explores the many facets of his personal identity, often from the perspective of an outsider looking in. He uses the medium of photography to investigate multiple truths and multiple perceptions, blurring the lines along the way, stepping beyond barriers, searching for the universal languages that connect us all.
“I look at the world surrounding me with an out-of-body-vision, as though my eyes are outside their sockets, outside of my head, with a 360º vision.”
Renato Grome is internationally known for his flower photographs produced through the technique of analogue reversal, creating images which are iconic, saturated and seductive, yet darkly disquieting.
Part of his quest is to develop new techniques to express each new series he produces. Some works are in analogue medium format, while at the opposite end of the spectrum, others are taken using a toy digital camera. Some of Grome's experimental photographs also involve the construction of custom-made rigs.
Renato Grome trained as a fine art restorer in Rome, working on masterpieces by Caravaggio and Raphael, as well as such 20th Century Italian artists as Corrado Cagli, Mario Schifano and Renato Guttuso. It was while working at Studio Donnini that Grome encountered the portrait of Saint Lucy which was seminal to his future work, and strongly influenced his visual language. His artistic passion began early. At the age of 11, he began experimenting with photography. He worked for many years based in Stockholm, shooting portraiture, travel, editorial and high-end advertising portfolios, collecting professional awards along the way, but always maintaining his obsession with fine art photography.
Renato Grome is British, born in Rome, and raised in Italy and London amongst influential artists, writers, filmmakers and musicians. His father, John Grome, was a painter and Renato was named after his Sicilian godfather. the artist Renato Guttuso.
He lives in Sydney, Rome and Stockholm.
Renato Grome has exhibited in private galleries and public art institutions in Bologna, Boston, Melbourne, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo and Trieste.